Nursery is closed by inspectors

The Little Rascals nursery on Lancashire Way in Longridge, Preston, which was closed down by Ofsted.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'29-1-2015
The Little Rascals nursery on Lancashire Way in Longridge, Preston, which was closed down by Ofsted. PIC BY ROB LOCK'29-1-2015
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GOVERNMENT watchdogs have closed a city nursery amid claims of a breach of safeguarding issues.

Parents of the 120 plus children at Little Rascals Day Nursery in Fulwood, Preston, were told to find alternative childcare when they collected their youngsters on Tuesday - leaving working parents in a dilemma.

Inspectors from the Office for Standards In Education said the facility, off Bluebell Way, must close for up to six weeks until the issue is resolved.

It is understood the nursery didn’t have all the correct paperwork in place for a new member of staff and had breached rules by allowing her to work with infants without adequate supervision.

Roger Bessent, managing director of Little Rascals said: “We pride ourselves on our high standards and commitment to providing a safe and secure environment for all the children in our care. During a visit Ofsted a lapse in one of our standard safeguarding procedures was identified which has resulted in a temporary closure. The lapse related to a failure to properly supervise a member of staff in the conduct of her duties as a practitioner. We would like to stress that at no point was any child injured or put at risk.

“However, we understand Ofsted’s decision and the management of the nursery is confident that changes to policies and procedures can be implemented immediately to ensure that the suspension is lifted at the earliest opportunity.”

He said staff had been overwhelmed by the level of support from parents and expects to be open as soon as possible.

One mum with two children at the nursery said: “This is nothing more than a momentary lapse. it is a fabulous nursery. I am having to take time off but am very supportive,”

Another with two children there added: “It is a fantastic nursery and while my parents are having to provide childcare the children will go back.”

A spokesman for Ofsted said: “The nursery registration has been suspended following a monitoring visit that identified safeguarding issues. It will remain closed while further investigations are carried out.”